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Reverse Address Lookup

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You've got an address, but you want to know who resides at that address, whether it's residential or business. This is called a reverse address lookup, and while a free reverse address lookup is a bit trickier to do on the Web than a straightforward address search, it's still possible to get good results.

Can you use a search engine for a reverse address lookup?

The standard search engines - Google, Yahoo, Ask, etc. - are not able to do a simple reverse address lookup with much accuracy. You can type in the address you have (preferably in quotes) and see what comes back, just for reference's sake, but most likely your search will not yield the results you're looking for.

Are there sites that specialize in reverse address lookups?

There are many sites that are able to do a reverse address lookup. First, let me show you the absolute best site I've found to do a complete (free) address lookup: Address Check. Enter in the address you're looking for, and you'll get a wealth of information: a map, who lives there, the postal carrier route it's on, the company at the address (if applicable), time zone, census entries, school district, Congress representation, even their postal delivery office information. Got more than one address to check? They've got a batch version too. Truly an amazing resource.

Here are more sites that can help you with a reverse address lookup:

  • White Pages: The old phone book standby is on the Web and ready to fulfill your information needs. Type in the address you're investigating and White Pages will come back with who lives there, how old they are, their phone number, a map of their neighborhood, even driving directions to their house. This information is free; if you want more, you can check out the US Search sponsored links (you'll have to pay for information there).
  • Switchboard serves up pretty much the same information as the White Pages does, in a very similar format. You'll need to click on the "Search by Phone" tab to find the reverse address lookup form.
  • Intelius will give you tidbits of information for free, but you'll have to pay for anything else. To find the reverse address lookup form, click on "People Search" under "Information Services". Enter in the address you're looking for, and Intelius will bring back the number of bedrooms, the square footage, the type of structure it is, and a small map. More information - such as home value, property liens, and ownership info - is available for a small fee.
  • House Number by Zip Code Lookup: Not sure of the entire address you're looking for? All you need at this site is the zip code and house number, and you'll receive the complete address along with a map. There's a Canadian version too.
  • Global People Search: This site can help you find listings for addresses all over the world. However, it's got a LOT of ads, and can be somewhat confusing to navigate because of that. Worth a look.

Should I pay for a reverse address lookup?

In my opinion, with all the free information available on the Web for anyone who wants to take the time to look, I would say no: you do NOT need to pay for reverse address lookup information. Need more people search resources? Try these:

  • Ten Ways You Can Find Phone Numbers on the Web: You don't have to flip through a phonebook to find phone numbers these days. Instead, you can use the Web's many resources to find phone numbers. Here are ten different ways you can find phone numbers on the Web.
  • Find People Online: The Web has an inexhaustible supply of free resources that can help you find people online. Reconnect with that old high school sweetheart, find out what your college buddy has been doing all these years, track what your family and friends are doing online....yes, you can do all that and more on the Web.

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